Yoni Carr


Israeli, ballroom

Yoni Carr c2000, courtesy Meliss www.rikudatlanta.com



Yoni Carr In 1958, Yoni Carr Eisner started taking classical ballet lessons in Chedera, Israel, while she was at Kibbutz Maaggan Michael.

Yoni joined the Inbal Theatre in 1960 and the Karmon groups in 1967. She was a soloist in both groups and performed around the world with them. While with Inbal, she was one of the six who danced in front of the king (played by Jose Ferrer) in the movie The Greatest Story Ever Told, directed by the late George Stevens and starring Max Von Sydow and Charleston Heston. She also had solo parts in such musicals as Jumbo (Israeli), My Fair Lady, The King and I, and Hello Dolly. During that time, she also taught jazz dancing at the Gertrude Krause Dance Studio in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In 1973, Yoni studied ballroom dancing in New York City and, in 1977, became a certified Dance Educator of America. She also taught ballroom dancing and exercise classes at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York for ten years.

Yoni moved to California in 1984 and began teaching ballroom dance classes. In 1986, she started two Israeli folk dance classes -- one at San Diego's Folk Dance Center and a second at Costa Mesa's Jewish Comminity Center of Orange County. She joined the famous Arthur Murray dance studio in 1986 where, for ten years, she was first a teacher and then a dance counselor. She also worked as an exercise instructor at the famous La Costa Hotel and Spa in Carlsbad, California, for ten years.

Yoni has more than 20 years experience choreographing, teaching, and performing Israeli dance. She is also an organizer and director of Israeli folk dance camps, weekends, and workshops, such as Finjan on Labor Day and Camp Yona in February.

Dances Yoni has taught include Arbaim, Banu La'asot Samech, Dikar Al Machiba, Ha'amini Yom Yavo, Hamishak Nigmar, Hine Shanah Overet, Hizdamnut Achat, Keneret Sheli (Neara Veshema Kineret), Mila Pshuta, Pitchi Lo Et Libech, Prachim, Tipot Hageshem (Al Tichabe Bein Hashkarim), Tni Li Yad, Yom Ezkera, and Zorna.